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  1. Hi all, I'm an MS4 interested in radiation oncology. I've been offered electives for the same 2 week period at both UBC and Ottawa for RO. I already have another 2w elective booked at Western and several weeks in the prairies. I'm having a hard time deciding between the ottawa and UBC electives. I would prefer to attend UBC over Ottawa due to its geographic proximity to my family, but I've also heard that UBC rad onc tends to mainly match their own students. If I had to move out east, Ottawa would likely be my city of choice, so I'm also hesitant to give up that elective. Does anyone know how important doing an elective at either of these two institutions is for matching RO there, or if it would even be worth doing an elective in BC given the lower likelihood of an OOP candidate matching there? My decision is further complicated since I already purchased non refundable tickets to Ottawa and my wallet hurts just thinking about having to let those tickets go to waste. Appreciate any help!
  2. Hi All, I've recently developed an interest in medical oncology and I was hoping some of you on the boards would be able to share your experiences. I've done a few weeks of elective time and really enjoyed the clinic component, but I was curious about how competitive the MO subspecialty match is, how lifestyle/compensation is as a staff, and how the job market is. I've been told the the med onc job market is better than radiation oncology, but that really doesn't seem to be saying much. Is a fellowship a requirement for a job in most larger cities? I was a little concerned as I saw that the CAMO website only currently has 2 active job listings. Any further information would be much appreciated.
  3. Would increases in SBRT offset decreased utilization from hypofractionation and improved systemic targeted/immuno therapies?
  4. What year are you? There are different options depending on how far along in clerkship you are
  5. Doesn't this just apply for letters that are slightly before the deadline? I'm not sure if I even have a carms profile. Would my profile have just been made automatically when I enrolled in medical school?
  6. I'm currently doing summer electives between my second and third year and I met a preceptor I really clicked well with and was thinking of asking for a letter. I'm completely clueless about how letters work and I may be wrong but I was under the impression that the process has changed recently with electronic letters being accepted. How should I go about with this letter? I wasn't sure if I should a) get the preceptor to send the letter to carms now (not sure if they would even accept it), b) have them write the letter now and send it to me or keep it themselves c) contact them two years from now for a letter when applying to carms . I'm worried that c) will just cause them to have forgotten about me by the time I apply to carms. Option b seems like the best option, but I wasn't sure what the commonly accepted protocol is. Is it forwned upon for them to send you the letter? If I did this would I be able to just send them the letter when I am applying and just have them send it off themselves?
  7. Hi All, I've been eyeing rad onc for a while now and since I'm approaching clerkship I figured I should try to learn more about the field. I've shadowed about a week total in a few different tumour groups/ clinic types, but I wanted to hear from residents and attendings from other clinical sites as well. There are a lot of things I really enjoy about rad onc. I like how research driven the field is, the cool tech, working with cancer patients, being able to provide therapeutic treatments, making a discernable impact in the lives of people dealing with a life threatening disease, qnd seeing some of my patients get better because of my care. The lifestyle is also a big plus along with being able to have some geographic flexibility when choosing a residency. I also have some concerns about the field that I was hoping some of you would be able to comment on. It feels like there isn't as much of a diagnostic aspect in rad onc, with most patients already being diagnosed by the time they get to you. I like the diagnostic element of medicine, using your knowledge base to work through a differential and uncover what's going on, etc. and I was worried I would miss that. I'm also worried about having to deal with bad outcomes as I'm not sure how I'll handle having to deal with something like that regularly. I've heard the job market is opening up, but I'm very geographically limited and it's one of my top priorities to be able to live in my home province, is being that geographically constrained feasible in rad onc? I also have some concerns about the future of the field, the rad onc forum on studentdoctor is very doom and gloom with a lot of attendings expressing their misgivings about the field, is the climate in Canada comparable? I see a lot about declining indications for radiation, increasing uptake of hypofraction, and an increasingly saturated job market. I like some aspects of how the clinic pace is, in that I feel like you're never rushing through patients and they're getting the time they need, but on the days I shadowed we would spend maybe an hour of a three hour clinic seeing patients (rad oncs salaried in my province), with a lot of breaks in between. I was wondering if you feel stimulated enough day to day, or if start feeling really bored by the slow pace. I also had some general questions about rad onc: -how interesting is planning and doing brachy, it seems really cool on paper but some attendings have mentioned they find it pretty boring -what led you to go into rad onc? -what do you enjoy about the field? -what do you dislike about the field? -what is a typical week like for you? (Time spent in clinic, contouring, meetings/tumour boards) -what advice do you have for a medical student considering rad onc
  8. My friend sent me a link to a leaked AMA report regarding physician billings and I was really surprised to see Oto having one of the highest overheads at 54.1%. Endocrine was also listed as having an overhead of 55.9%. For comparison, specialties traditionally associated with high overhead like optha and diagnostic rads had overheads of 45% and 55% respectively. Anyone have an explanation for what's up with these numbers? For those interested, here is the link to the article, report is at the bottom, with overhead numbers on page 8. http://news.nationalpost.com/health/leaked-report-offers-window-into-the-medical-one-percenters-and-growing-concern-over-md-pay-inequity
  9. If you are accepted but turn down your offer you will also be able to check your preinterview and interview scores.
  10. I saw that UofC notified incoming students of scholarships they qualified for today. I was wondering if current students knew whether UofA also tells us if we have qualified for scholarships before the medical school acceptance deadline as that could play a role in my decision. Moreover, would be interested in hearing how much students can expect to receive in awards. I don't qualify for financial need, so the $5000 award renewable over three years offered by UofC is quite sizeable and it would be extremely helpful if UofA had similarly sized entrance awards. I've tried looking online, but I'm out of the country currently and I'm having problems loading UofA pages.
  11. Thanks for the responses, I really appreciate the feedback. One concern I had was whether attending a more prestigious school such as the UofT would allow for more potential future options such as going into industry. I'm not sure if I would ever go down such a route, but I'm worried about closing any doors.
  12. Result: accepted wGPA: 3.9ish cGPA: 3.9ish MCAT: 521 ECs. Decent, two long term everything else within a year of applying Year: 4th year UG Interview: very surprised I got accepted given how poorly I felt my interview went. Will likely be turning down my admissions offer so best of luck to the wait list.
  13. Accepted to Hamilton (OOP) wGPA: 3.9ish MCAT: 132 CARS Interview: felt they went very well Casper: didn't feel great Year: 4th year UG OOP
  14. Accepted to St.G wGPA: 3.95ish MCAT: 521 ECs/ Essays: wrote them a few days before deadline Interview: pretty good, one station was a little mediocre but interviewers at two stations more or less told me I did a great job. Year: 4th OOP
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